May 04, 2009

Is Sotomayor Smart Enough?

The New Republic is running a series on the strengths and weaknesses of potential Obama SCOTUS nominees.  The first is on Sonia Sotomayor, a judge on the Second Circuit and widely predicted favorite to replace Justice Souter.  It is well worth a read, and it pretty well lays out the pros and cons of her personality and temperament.  I want to highlight a comment from one of her supporters that I find particularly noteworthy.
"She's a fine Second Circuit judge--maybe not the smartest ever, but how often are Supreme Court nominees the smartest ever?"
This fits into one of the consistent concerns that Rosen found in researching the article: Sotomayor's intellectual inferiority.